Ted’s first home in Joplin, Missouri

Although I haven’t seen the place since 1984 and haven’t lived there since 1955, I believe the house is still standing. These pictures were taken on visits with my mother, two aunts and an uncle in the 1970s.


Decorative glassware adorned the shelf in the vestibule on the east side of the house. Brightly colored vases glistened in the morning sun. Bells hung by the front door would announce anyone entering or leaving the house.

living room

New and old light fixtures, a modern ceiling, and pictures of relatives including me gave the living room its distinct character. The fan, the pillow, and the rug were for comfortable summer reading on the hardwood floor.

living room corner

The southwest corner of our living room had grand entrances to the dining room and the front porch.

south porch window

January 1967 brought us fresh snow just before I had to leave for my last semester in college. Sunshine coming through the window made it ideal for an indoor herb garden.

south porch

The house was built as a two-story cube, with this extension added on the south side. The indoor tree is actually a branch I sawed from the Arkansas pine we had transplanted in the corner of the yard. It was our Christmas tree that year, although the decorations are gone and the indoor tree soon would be.

dining table

The dining room was on the west side of the house. It served as a family conference room and a place for entertaining guests. A little cane patch outside the window once gave us shade from the afternoon sun. The clock is gone, but we still have the dining table.

upstairs, east bedroom

My mother slept here. She hung a painting to cover up the crack on the wall, but over time the crack outgrew the painting (see next picture). The shelves contained our rock collection, a flash attachment for the camera, and various odds and ends. There was once a stovepipe in the upper left, but by my time the house had central heating. The bedroom window overlooked the vestibule.

model airplanes

I was a model airplane nut from grade school through college, but somehow never followed up by getting a pilot’s license. The planes inspired me to major in Aeronautics and Astronautics as an undergraduate and for my first master’s degree, until I was swept up by the computer revolution. Only three model airplanes survived over the years, and now there are two.

dining room elegance

Depression glass was saved for special occasions – in this case a family visit with my mother. Pictures on the wall include President Kennedy, my cousins, and me.

updated December 2, 2016 more pictures of Joplin